Media Statement

California Hospital Association Affirms Commitment to National Health Reform Efforts

For more than 15 years, the vision of the California Hospital Association (CHA) has been an “optimally health society.” The Association’s long-standing goal is that “every Californian should have equitable access to affordable, safe, high-quality, medically necessary health care.”

The road to achieving this goal became a little clearer today with President Obama’s announcement that a group of major private-sector health care stakeholders are working together to decrease the nation’s health care spending growth rate by 1.5 percentage points over 10 years, saving $2 trillion or more by the end of the next decade.

It has been my pleasure to be a member of the stakeholder group that has crafted this breakthrough agreement. Earlier today, a letter outlining the group’s ideas was presented to President Obama. No single entity can solve the health care crisis alone. The entire system is fragmented and complex, and is in need of reform. Today’s action is evidence that those of us on the front lines of the health care system are willing to step up and do our part.

By building upon the strengths of the world’s most advanced health care system and correcting its shortcomings, trillions of dollars can be saved. However, the health care stakeholders cannot do it alone. Governmental programs must adequately reimburse providers for the costs of providing care, and governmental policies and regulations must be modified. Individuals must take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing through healthy lifestyles and wellness activities.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to build on the national momentum for reforming our health care system. We can achieve our long-standing goals if health care stakeholders, government and individuals all commit to improving our health care financing and delivery systems.